There are plenty of times that I have used that word in reference to situations in my life. I’m sure you have too. There are so many things that overcome us and we seem to be loaded down from time to time with the burdens of life. Lately, I have been learning a new usage of this word. I’ve been experiencing the overwhelming love and blessings of God. Things in this world are not exactly positive in this time we live in. We hear so much negative and sad news, it’s easy to be overwhelmingly depressed. Yet if we stop and look at how good God is, we can be equally as overwhelmed at how blessed we are. Last weekend, our family and friends gave us a shower for our new little one on the way. As I stood back and looked at the multitude of gifts we had received, I was overwhelmed by the blessings. We started out with nothing for this child and ended up with every need met. My family has had a lot of changes in our lives this past year but with each change, there has been such a blessing attached. God has protected us from conflict and spared us from things we had no idea would be coming our way. He removed us from situations that could have been very bad and he placed us in a safe, loving, and supportive environment. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” (Psalm23:2) We didn’t even know we needed this change, but He did. We have been so blessed by the support of our families in these times. My husband and I have been so blessed to have wonderful parents who love and support us in all we do. We know that they will always be there praying for us and willing to help in all we do. I have a wonderful group of women that I meet with weekly that I know I could call on in a moments notice and I would have any help and prayers that I need without question. I have a roof over my head, food on my table and clothes on my back. My family is blessed beyond what I could imagine. We by no means have an easy life or a perfect life, but we have an amazing God that walks with us and before us. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4) We have not only one miracle child in our lives, but we are expecting another. We deserve none of these things. Why does He love us so much? I don’t think we will ever be able to fathom the love He has for us. It is too overwhelming for us to understand. “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”(Psalm 139:6) Just count your blessings, and you too will find yourself overwhelmed by His mercy, grace and love. We truly are too blessed to be stressed.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”